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Two San Diego County acts to battle it out Tuesday on ‘America’s Got Talent’

San Diego's Voices of Our City choir, which earned a golden buzzer award during its audition for "America's Got Talent."
San Diego’s Voices of Our City choir, which earned a golden buzzer award during its audition for “America’s Got Talent” in the spring, will return for the semi-finals on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
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Singer Celina Graves and the Voices of Our City homeless choir will compete in the semifinals

Two San Diego County acts will compete head to head in the last semifinals episode of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday night.

Celina Graves, the singing casino security guard from Escondido, and San Diego’s Voices of Our City Choir are among 11 acts that will be vying Tuesday for just five remaining slots in the TV competition’s Sept 22 finale. The season winner, to be announced Sept. 23, will receive a $1 million prize.

Graves, 31, won her spot in the semifinals with a soaring performance of “Strong” by the English pop band London Grammar on Sept. 1. Because she wasn’t among the three acts that received the most votes from the public that night, she had to appeal for more votes in the “Dunkin’ Save” round on Sept. 2. In a recent Instagram post, Graves wrote: “Watching this results episode on AGT made me really think about how I need to come back in the semi-finals next week with everything I’ve got.”

Escondido singer Celina Graves performs Sept. 1 on "America's Got Talent."
Escondido singer Celina Graves performs London Grammar’s “Strong” on the Sept. 1 episode of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” She got enough votes to move on to the series’ semifinals round.
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Voices of Our City choir, which includes singers who are homeless or formerly homeless, is a 46-voice chorus that was founded in 2016 by local singer/guitarist Steph Johnson and Nina Leilani Deering.

The choir appeared on the show’s season premiere in May as the final act, and show emcee Terry Crews was so moved by the performers’ stories and performance that he hit the Golden Buzzer, which automatically advanced the group to the quarter-finals. On Friday, the choir posted photos on its Instagram account of its singers rehearsing for the show in face masks.

Graves and the Voices choir will have some stiff competition on Tuesday, including WAFFLE Crew dancers and singer Cristina Rae, both of whom also earned Golden Buzzers for their auditions. Also competing Tuesday are sword-swallower Brett Loudermilk, teen singer Kenadi Dodds, mentalist Max Major, dancing duo Bad Salsa, Kazakh child singer Daneliya Tuleshova, the acrobatic Bello Sisters and daredevil Jonathan Goodwin.

Tuesday’s five winners will compete against the five acts selected in the Sept. 9 quarter-finals results episode. They are the vocal duo Broken Roots, spoken word poet Brandon Leake, 11-year-old Canadian singer Roberta Battaglia, aerialist Alan Silva and singer Archie Williams.

The episode will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC. The results show, where the top five acts will be unveiled as finalists, will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday. For more, visit nbc.com/americas-got-talent.


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